ABU DHABI, 5th April, 2017 (WAM) -- The Supreme Legislation Committee, SLC, has signed an MoU with the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs, PCLA, to ensure the proper implementation of the legislation regulating employment affairs in line with the national drive to protect workers rights, a strategic priority of the UAE.

The MoU was signed by Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary-General of the SLC, and Major General Obaid Muhair bin Surour, Deputy-Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA, in his capacity as the Chairman of the PCLA.

The parties to the MoU aim to join efforts to achieve a common objective, namely, developing the legislative process and consolidating the legal system in a manner that secures workers' rights in line with the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021.

The SLC and the PCLA have agreed to work in close coordination in proposing and drafting legislation that supports the sustainable development plans of Dubai and to contribute to developing projects that support legal work relating to the protection of labour rights.

Under the MoU, both parties will mutually benefit from each others legal expertise to ensure the optimal implementation of legislation, as well as consolidating cooperation in legal training, exchange of legal information, and legal and institutional research and publications, which serve both parties aspirations to enrich legal knowledge.

Al Muhairi stressed the importance of consolidating the bridges of cooperation with the PCLA to ensure the full legal protection of the rights of workers, who are active partners in the UAEs drive towards growth, development, and progress.

"This MoU highlights both parties keenness to promote integration and cooperation in the development of the legislative framework and the legal system with a view to securing the workers rights in line with the SLC objective related to developing effective legislation that is realistic as well as forward-looking," Al Muhairi said.

"The MoU marks a quantum shift in capitalising on the available resources to support the strategic priorities of Dubai and the UAE, making it one of the leading countries in developing a clear legislative framework to protect the rights of workers across all levels," Bin Surour said.

Copyright Emirates News Agency (WAM) 2017.